For the past few years, I’ve been coveting my friend’s drawer dishwashers. In a very lustful way. I love that they seem like the perfect size for a family of two (or one, at least much of the time). This can be easily filled in a few days’ time, as opposed to my full-size model, which isn’t even full with all of my dishes – and takes nearly a week for me to fill. And I don’t even want to get into its runtime, which is nearly three hours long…
Some people dream about vacations or adventures. I dream about wine racks. This week, I literally dreamt of one that was built into our dining-room wall, with an antique wrought-iron door that revealed a floor-to-ceiling rack, also made of wrought iron. With warm, soft lighting. It served as both storage and a focal point in the room. Yum…
As a low-tech solution to a common problem, this is really cool! The only problem (like the in-counter compost bin) is the cost. Sixty-nine bucks? This one attaches to a small (or central) vacuum system. I don’t want the vacuum – or the price tag for that matter. It’s a plastic tray, for crap sake!! I’ll bet I can make one of these for LOTS less. Using a plastic tray, even. Man!
Oooooooh!! Want. BAD. One less thing on the counter, and it can’t possibly get any easier. I love everything about it – except the PRICE. It’s currently selling for (are you sitting down?) $495.00. Are you kidding me???? C’mon, folks: it’s made to hold garbage, not jewelry! Never mind – I’ll get Rick to figure out how to make one for less than $30…
It’s amazing what you can do with only six inches of space. This is a superb example. And a lesson to me to look for – and exploit – storage opportunities in my next house. Proof, even, that a large kitchen is not needed to make a truly functional, exquisitely organized and highly efficient work space. Inspiration!
We’re watching Hurricane Sandy bear down on the upper east coast. After ten years of living in the woods of New Hampshire, it’s time for a generator. I don’t need (or want) a big, honking thing that will power my entire house. My short list is one that will keep the refrigerator, heat and water pump running, along with a few kitchen outlets. Continue reading →
I’m going to have a small galley kitchen in this new home, so the last thing I want is a massive exhaust vent that will make this space feel even smaller. I also don’t want a built-in counter vent; I’ve heard from several friends that they don’t do the trick. One last thing on my do-not-want list for a range vent: one that’s built right into the stove. I have one and it works pretty well – but the cost of this add-on for a range is ridiculous.
If I’ve learned anything from those I know who’ve
suffered gone through the design and building of a house, it’s that you need to carefully plan for outlets. How they’re used, where they’re used, and what’s best in terms of form and function.
I despise sweeping and vacuuming. Honestly, it were possible to hose down my floor once a week, I’d have installed drainage by now. And since this forever house will have concrete floors (initially, at least), I need to find a way to keep the floors clean and clear of dust and pet hair with as little effort as possible. This little baby seems to be the answer.